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Lawmakers pass series of Kupuna Caucus bills

Emily Boerger | Apr 17, 2019 | Hawaii

Health care highlights in Hawaii’s FY 2020, 2021 state budget

Emily Boerger | Apr 3, 2019 | Hawaii

Last week, the State House and Senate approved the final version of Hawaii’s budget bill (HB2), about a month earlier than in previous legislative sessions. The $16 billion budget covers state operations over fiscal years 2020 and 2021.     A press release from the Hawaii State Legislature Majority Democrats...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Carl Hinson, Hawaii Pacific Health

Emily Boerger | Apr 2, 2019 | Hawaii

Carl Hinson is the Director of Workforce Development at Hawaii Pacific Health. He joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss workforce development. “As we continue to see shortages across the state -- you know we have the record low unemployment -- we've started hearing more and...[ Read More ]

$28 million in federal funds awarded to community health centers across Hawaii

Emily Boerger | Apr 1, 2019 | Hawaii

Last week, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz announced $28,750,365 in new federal funds for 14 community health centers (CHCs) across Hawaii. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program.     Community health centers are...[ Read More ]

Hawaii Legislature provides additional $60 million for Big Island disaster relief

| Apr 1, 2019 | Hawaii

Knowing the tremendous need of Big Island residents following the devastating Kilauea eruption that destroyed homes, farms, and infrastructure last year, lawmakers moved quickly this session to provide financial support by passing HB 1180 HD1.     During a press conference [on Friday], Big Island lawmakers talked about the road to...[ Read More ]

Committee passes resolution to study community-based mental health treatment services

Emily Boerger | Mar 27, 2019 | Hawaii

Hawaii’s Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health recently held a public hearing on SR 73, a resolution to form a task force to study the feasibility of creating new centers for community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services on Oahu.     Specifically, the resolution directs the...[ Read More ]

Hawai‘i DOH awarded additional $2 million in federal grant funds to continue opioid crisis prevention efforts

| Mar 22, 2019 | Hawaii

The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) has received $2,107,130 in federal grant funds, in addition to an initial $8 million grant received last year, to address and prevent the opioid crisis in Hawai‘i. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced this second installment of funding for state...[ Read More ]

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